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How Could Anyone Think Mail-Order Brides Are Funny?

When NBC announced last week that it had purchased a new half-hour comedy called Mail Order Family, t he news was met with stunned disbelief. Loosely based on writer-producer Jackie Clarke’s life, the show was to feature a family whose widowed father orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to “help raise his pre-teen daughters.” A depressingly familiar routine was set into motion: outrage on social media (“I didn’t realize #HumanTrafficking was such a laugh riot,” said one Twitter user ), followed by online petitions to cancel the show.
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